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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Apr 23, 2012 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: live album advice for a youngen...

Welcome LH - yes, the amount of material available can be overwhelming, but that's the beauty of it. Can't think of another band with this kind of legacy.

As a newcomer, it might be advisable to acquaint yourself with music from all eras - although most of us have our preferences, it's up to you to explore. This band has a large body of work after playing for 30 years. Before laying down any more hard cash, consider all the resources available, and get a feeling for what you like. The Archive is THE place to do this. Other sources: a nice little taste over at - quite a few free shows, a little from almost every era (not much from the 80s however); be sure to download 8/27/72, and the run from 5/5/77 thru 5/9/77 is outstanding. There are other DL sites, you just gotta poke around, the seeds are there! You can also check out podcasts on iTunes - Dead Air w/ Uncle John, Shakedown Stream (Jer plays complete shows as well as a taste of JGB every week), the Deadpod, and more.

For live releases, Live/Dead, Ladies & Gentlemen, "Skullfuck" and Europe 72 give a fine taste of live 1969-72, sans some of the longer jams. Enjoy!